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Empty Again.

A physicist, a biologist, and a mathematician are sitting in a café and notice people going into and coming out of the house across the street. First they see two people going into the house. Time passes. After a while, they notice three persons coming out of the house.

The physicist: “The measurement was not accurate.”

The biologist: “They have reproduced.”

The mathematician: “If one person enters the house, then it will be empty again.”

From: Eric’s favourite Math jokes

Ramujan Prize for Indian mathematician

Just read on the BBC News site that an Indian mathematician, Dr. Sujatha Ramadorai of Tata Instititue of Fundamental Research has been awarded the Ramajuan Prize. She won it for her contributions to the ‘arithemetics of algebraic varieties and for her work on non-commutative Iwasawa theory‘. Congratulations doc!

Nice to see that it’s an Indian that won it, even better when it’s a woman. Women can do math Mr Summers! 😀

What’s not so nice is that TIFR’s website is so pathetic – no mention of Dr. Sujatha’s achievement, and absolutely nothing on her homepage.

This is one reason why post-graduates here know close to nothing about research being done in this country. The only research you hear of, and that can excite you is what’s happening outside. And if you happen to be one who is keen on getting a PhD, (and are sensible), you would head west.

Being in a quite optimistic mood today morning, I hope things will change, and soon.

BTW, if any mathematicians read this post, could you translate Dr. Sujatha’s work in pop-science language??

(originally posted by MadGenius)